UMass Crushes Rams, 91-68 At Fordham
Feb. 11, 2009
Bronx, N.Y. - UMass routed Fordham, 91-68, in its highest scoring conference game and first A-10 road win of the season on Wednesday night. The Minutemen (9-13, 4-5 A-10) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back leading by as many as 35 points in the second half. Ricky Harris tallied 19 points and Tony Gaffney had his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Lowe, in what was likely his final college game in the metro New York area, had 10 points and seven assists. Luke Bonner made a career-high four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Rams dropped their 11 game in 12 to fall to 3-18 overall, 1-8 in the Atlantic 10. Jio Fontan led Fordham with 19 points.
UMass picked up its second wire-to-wire win this season, the other being the 97-81 win over Hofstra on Dec. 20, 2008. Leading by 29 at halftime, UMass continued to pile on in the second half leading by at least 25 for almost the entire stanza.
Bonner's fourth trey of game gave UMass a 35-point advantage with 16:28 left in the half and a 67-32 lead.
UMass had its biggest half of the season in the first period outscoring Fordham, 57-28. The 29-point bulge was the biggest of the year in any game. Nine UMass players scored in the first half, the most of any half all season as three reached double-figures with Harris leading the way with 14. Gaffney nearly had a double-double in the first half alone with 12 points and nine rebounds. Lowe had 10 points and six assists in the first half.
Bonner canned back-to-back 3-pointers to give UMass a 32-13 lead with 9:21 left in the first half as the Minutemen put the pedal to the metal on the Rams.
Gaffney was unstoppable early, scoring seven of UMass' first nine points as the Minutemen opened the game with a 9-0 lead in the first 2:37.
UMass continues its two-game road swing in the state of New York, travelling to St. Bonaventure for a Saturday match-up at 7 p.m. in upstate.
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